Botanical Name: Cananga odorata
Plant Part: Flower
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Ylang ylang oil is extracted from Cananga odorata – also known as flower of flowers. Ylang ylang is a tall tropical tree about 20meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers. The yellow heads are viewed as being the best in terms of quality.
Color: Pale Yellow to Golden
Common Uses: Ylang ylang oil can assist with problems such as high blood pressure, rapid breathing and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity. Spiritual practitioners claim that the users of Ylang Ylang are those who have been drawn to the oil, and who in turn, suit it.
Note: Base to Middle
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood.
Aromatic Scent: Ylang Ylang essential oil ha a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought after aromas.
History: In Indonesia, Ylang ylang flower petals are strewn upon the bed of newlywed couples. Ylang ylang was a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as Macassar oil. The word anti-macassar originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
Cautions: Ylang Ylang can cause sensitivity on some people and excessive use of it may lead to headaches and nausea.